Firstly, pilates helps to prevent injury by building a strong and flexible body with focus on joint mobility. Pilates exercises aid in developing a strong core by focusing on breathing, balance and range of motion. A strong core is much more than a nice set of abs! a strong core means that the lumbo-pelvic region is stabilized, therefore reducing the risk of injury such as slipped disc or lower back pain. Pilates also develops the deep muscles of the body. That is the deep abdominal muscles, gluteus muscles, and the deep intrinsic muscles surrounding the spine. It is the balance between strength and flexibility that reduces the potential for injury.